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12-year-old girl Skypes with NASA weekly
Congratulations to 12-year-old Christ the King School student Rory Carrara who has been spending part of her summer in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Girls program, a five-week program that links female middle school students with women working in space technology. She was one of 80 students who were accepted into the program - of more than 1,300 applicants.
Mentoring Carrara is Jennifer Rocca, an aerospace engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The two meet once a week via video-chat on Skype to talk about a variety of scientific topics.
Carrara's science teacher, Tom Estill, introduced her to the NASA program. Before teaching at Christ the King, he had spent six years as an aerospace education specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
Estill's students at CTK grew tomato seeds for the Canadian Space Agency and helped the operators of a weather satellite calibrate the satellite's sensors this year.

Renovating caboose
Eileen Gannette recently acquired the former Whistle Stop Corner Restaurant in Clarendon. She paid out $70,000 for it at a foreclosure auction. Plans are to renovate the 1914 railroad depot and caboose before leasing it as a restaurant. The restaurant most recently in the building had closed earlier this year.

A statewide tax credit program is saving property owner Mark Foley some 14 percent of the cost of renovating upper floors in two Merchants Row buildings to accommodate the new Home Service Store. The project has earned a $46,500 state tax credit from the Downtown and Village Center Designation effort applies against the $320,000 project. Foley's project is one of 31 taking place in 20 Vermont downtowns, receiving nearly $2 million in recently announced tax credits, assisting in some $18 million of construction campaigns.
Downtown Rutland Partnership executive director Mike Coppinger touted the restoration, claiming it to be a "resurrection of a space," part of which had been too dilapidated to use, and "adding to the inventory downtown." Other projects that add to the value of downtown commercial space include the $2.5 million renovation to convert the former Eastman's building to Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center, and smaller projects that include Small Dog Electronics and Griffin's Publick House, nearly $4 million in the current year.

Lani's weekly calendar picks
Thursday, Aug. 15 - Beloved West Rutland School music teacher Phil Henry performs concert on the West Rutland Town Hall green. Bring non-perishable food items for the town food shelf. 7 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 16 - Sat., Sept. 14 - Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St., Rutland, hosts the Vermont Historic Theater Scenery, an exhibit on the restoration of Vermont theater curtains. See a restored curtain from Chittenden, Vt., and a series of one-act plays as the show runs.
Friday, Aug. 16-Saturday, Sept. 21 - Chaffee Downtown, 77 Merchants Row, exhibits Labor of Love.